What is Youth Voices?
Youth Voices is an opportunity to celebrate the diversity and range of amazing young personalities, talents, and individuals living in Aberdeenshire. It aims to provide a platform from which young people can share their hopes and aspirations for Year of Young People 2018, and tell the world what matters most. Each Youth Voice will share a young person’s interests, hobbies, and perspective on living and growing up in Aberdeenshire, with 52 Youth Voices shared over the course of the year.
Any young person aged 8-25 years old, living in Aberdeenshire can participate
Aberdeenshire Youth Voices #YOYP2018
Hi I am Caitlin and I am 14 years old. I enjoy shopping and spending time with my friends. I feel having a good education is important to young people. The best thing about living in Aberdeenshire is that I feel very safe. I would like to see more young people being respected and listened to. T hope that this year young people are promoted in a good way for all the great things we do and my advice to young people would be to stick in at school.
Hi my name is Sarah and I am 15 years old. I like to spend my free time playing hockey and listening to music.
The most important thing to me as a young person is being respected and taking the opportunities to learn new skills.
The best thing about Aberdeenshire is the countryside and the wildlife.
I would like to see an increased amount of activities for young people in rural areas. My hopes for year of the young people 2018 are that the positive side of young people in the community are recognised and my message to other young people would be try you’re very hardest in school and listen to teachers and adults. I wish I did!
Extract music clip – full credit and copyright belongs to:
SYNAPSON – ‘Fireball’ – feat. Broken Back
Directed by Julien Vray,
Produced by Soldats, Starring Alice Isaaz
Published 9 Feb 2016
We are Aidan, Georgia and Kelly from Fraserburgh Academy.
Being a young person in Aberdeenshire is special. There is a wide range of both academic and extra-curricular opportunities available to secondary pupils, and a strong sense of community spirit.
However, we would be very pleased if, as part of Year of Young People we could see a change in the way young people in our area are perceived. People habitually associate our town with negative images, and young people are often at the centre of this. Fraserburgh has a reputation of drug use, with videos of fighting often surfacing on social media.
We desperately want to change this.
As young individuals who persistently strive for the best, we want to promote the positive aspects of Fraserburgh Academy. We are keen contributors to the work of the Pupil Participation Forum, active role models and dedicated members of our school Pupil Leadership Council. We have had a big impact locally, where we all volunteer regularly, for example, at the local drama society making costumes and also at Boys Brigade, to internationally we have assisted in the development of a school in Tanzania.
At our school, we have pupils who do remarkable things to benefit others. One of our S2 pupils recently received an Aberdeenshire Youth Volunteer Award for his independent fundraising for Cancer Research and many members of our school have received prestigious Saltire Awards.
For the Year of Young People, we want to break the stigma that surrounds Fraserburgh and exhibit that the young people in our area are worth boasting about, not complaining about.
Hi there, my name is Evie Robertson (I’m one of the MSYPS representing Aberdeenshire East + I’m also a #YOYP2018 ambassador)
In my spare time I can be found trying to read through my growing collection of books, playing guitar, or – on occasion – writing poetry.
As a young person, having access to free, and good quality education is important to me. Alongside that, I feel that being allowed to express my views is vital.
Living in Aberdeenshire is (usually) alright. We have large expanses of nature across the ‘shire and we have schools that are of a good quality, and it is a safe place to live.
I would love for the general perception of young people to change, as the youth of today are so often seen as being rude, selfish, and apathetic. This is something I would be overjoyed to see change. This stance could perhaps be swayed by promoting youth voice. (Much like what is happening this year.)
My hope for this year is that – as previously stated – promote youth voice, and celebrate young people as they are so often disrespected in the media, and looked down upon by adults, and other people of influence.
Hi, My name is Iain Ewen and I’m 16 years old and a 5th year pupil at Banff Academy.
I love cooking and baking in my free time and taking my dogs for long walks. I volunteer at various activity groups within school and also a number of community activities including CAOSS Youth Group. I really enjoy organising and running activities for younger pupils. I enjoy socialising with my friends and listening to and playing music.
I think it’s really important to get involved as much as you can in your community and make the most of life. A good thing about living in Aberdeenshire is that there is lots of opportunities to develop my leadership skills through volunteering.
If I could change one thing, it would be that the opinions of young people are not just heard but that they are proactive in following through on the findings. Also build awareness of negative attitudes that are shown towards young people.
My hopes for #YOYP2018 are that it will prove to the public that young people are a vital and beneficial part of the community. My message to get across to other young people is to make the most of all opportunities, get involved with community projects and showcase yourself and young people to build vital community skills.
Hello, My name is Dyana, I am 14 and I live in Peterhead.
I like living in Aberdeenshire, Scotland as it gives me the good opportunity to represent my area!
In my spare time I like to speak with friends and play video games in my room! If my older sister is visiting from University then I will spend my time drawing with her.
In my opinion, I think it’s best to be heard by other people so if there is a problem, they can be dealt with!
A great thing about being a part of the youth community in Aberdeenshire is the amazing culture you grow up with, you can become a great person.
I would like to see more young folk getting involved in events or activities, and I would love to see more young people starting to speak out and try and express what they believe.
My hopes for Year of the Young People? (YOYP) My hope is that all our events and activities go through and get more people involved.
MSYP Banffshire & Buchan Coast
My name is Jenna and I am 17 and live in Banff.
I enjoy living in Scotland as I have been given the opportunity to represent my area as a member of The Scottish Youth Parliament.
I have recently been supporting both my local Youth Platform and Pupil Representative Council to look at ways in which they can change things in school and in the community.
As you can see I am also a member of the Army Cadets where I am a corporal. I love having the opportunity to inspire younger cadets to achieve and do their best.
I think it is important that young people have a voice as they have very valid opinions and know what is going on in their area.
My name is Amy and I am 16 years old. In my spare time I like to go out with friends, play football with my brother and sister or go to visit my other sister and my niece.
To me I think it is important to be heard by older people and I think they should take in what we are saying and do something about it. The greatest thing about being a young person in Aberdeenshire is if you want peace and quiet it is on your doorstep and there is not too much trouble, however public transport is a huge issue where I live as it is really expensive and very time consuming if I wanted to go to Aberdeen. If I could change anything I would like better public transport and better shops in Banff, especially clothes shops for young people as there isn’t really any here.
I am a member of the Aberdeenshire Youth Bank and I think it is important that young people have the opportunity to get their voices heard. The message I would like to get across about young people is that if you give us the opportunity to do something, we will do it.
“MMy name is Emma Holmes and I am one of the MSYPs for Aberdeenshire West. I live in Banchory, a small town in the North-East of Scotland.
I love living in Scotland and think I am very lucky to have grown up here. From the Scottish Youth Parliament and our voting age to the impassioned student communities, Scotland as a country has a vibrant culture of empowering young people. This will only become more clear with this year being named the Year of Young People. Scotland makes a great effort to protect young people and for this I am very grateful. We still have some way to go, with social inequality arguably affecting children and young people the most. I hope Scotland will continue to stand up for young people as a country. In order to do this as effectively as possible, we rely on young people speaking out about their issues and ensuring their voices are heard.
Hello, I’m Lauren McGill a member of the Scottish Youth Parliament for the Angus North and Mearns constituency.
I love residing in Scotland because its a country that not only encourages but values youth participation and the opinions of its young people. Not to mention the spectacular scenery of the countryside and the quaint architecture in the cities. In the future, I would like to see the negative stereotype of young people lifted; too often we are viewed as being self-absorbed and apathetic despite our efforts to make a positive difference in our country. I believe its vital that young people are at the centre of our democracy as we are the future generation. This starts with youth participation in local communities, in youth forums, local councils and school clubs. These organisations give young people a platform to champion free expression as well as a voice to create change and demonstrate potential. I would encourage every young person growing up in Scotland to take part in this beautiful freedom we are entitled to.
My name is Sasha Brydon, I am a Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYP) for Aberdeenshire West, Community Councillor in the Kemnay Community Council and an ambassador for the Year of Young People 2018.
Through the Year of Young People I hope to achieve greater participation of young people in communities, be it through youth groups, schools, community councils and others, as without the opinions and views of young people being taken into consideration then these groups, especially groups higher up the legislative branch such as local councils and parliament, will have no standing or substance, to act on issues that may and in most cases will, affect us later in life.” As a MSYP, not only am I working on the Year of the Young People projects but also involved in the Scottish Youth Parliament campaign for 2018 which is about young people rights. The “Right Here Right Now” campaign has involved MSYP’s visiting youth groups around Aberdeenshire to discuss the rights of young people. We are also in the middle of organising an Aberdeenshire event, which will be in Aberdeen in September.
MSYP Aberdeenshire West
Kemnay Community Council
Aberdeenshire Youth Council